Turkish referendum on Presidential powers set for April 16

The referendum announced by the Turkish government last month has been scheduled for April 16th, the government reports.

If passed, the position of Prime Minister would be abolished, centralizing power in President Erdogan. Erdogan has already been criticized by civil rights groups as well as opposition leaders for his purges and declaration of a state of emergency following a failed coup in July. The referendum would also allow Erdogan to theoretically stay in power until 2029.

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